Barra hit­ting live bait

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - — Ryan Fuller, Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World

IN THE wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie, Ryan Fuller from Whit­sun­day Fish­ing World re­ports there has not been much ac­tion around the is­land-fring­ing reefs.

Rock walls

THE rock walls have been the pick of spots over the last week for those who have man­aged to get out for a fish.

Live bait­ing seems to be the most con­sis­tent way to get con­nected to a bar­ra­mundi. For the lure throw­ers, try us­ing lures with loud rat­tles and strong ac­tions, as these fish tend to move about and there will be more chance of find­ing your of­fer­ing.

Grunter were start­ing to show up at the Whis­per Bay rock wall. Try us­ing peeled prawns lightly weighted and a run­ning sinker rig to pro­duce some fish.

The run-in tide at Can­non­vale Beach us­ing peeled prawns has been work­ing for some qual­ity whit­ing.

Lake Proser­pine

THE ma­jor­ity of the fish seem to be school­ing up in the main basin at the mo­ment which means trolling five to eight me­tre divers.

Or drop­ping big plas­tic and vibes into these schools of fish once they are found on the sounder.

Look­ing out for bird ac­tiv­ity on the wa­ter will point you in the right di­rec­tion as they will be onto the bait schools the bar­ra­mundi will be feed­ing on.

Rivers

THE rivers should start to fish well now that we are com­ing off the full moon and the flood waters are start­ing to sub­side.

It will still pay to be care­ful while trav­el­ling the rivers as there will still be a bit of de­bris flow­ing down most.

Re­ports have been very pos­i­tive for those hop­ing for a feed of crabs.

Cast net­ting the gut­ters and drains on the drop­ping tide should get a feed of fresh prawns for your­self and they make great bait.

Fish­ing live baits or trolling five me­tre divers will be the best way to hook into some barra, salmon and grunter as the rivers will still be run­ning a bit dirty.

Is­lands

THERE hasn’t been much re­ported for around the is­lands.

The smaller tides and hope­fully drop­ping winds should put things back into our favour.

Find­ing cleaner wa­ter is the key for look­ing into some reef fish in the shal­low wa­ter.

Sweet­lip and blues have been read­ily tak­ing lightly weighted pilchard or prawn baits.

If the wind calms down con­di­tions will be very favourable for fish­ing the deeper wa­ter for red em­peror, nan­ny­gai and fin­ger­mark.

Good luck out there and stay safe on the wa­ter over the Easter break.

Barra tour­na­ment

A RE­MINDER that the JML An­glers Al­liance Proser­pine Scrim­mage will be held from May 12-14 at Lake Proser­pine.

Visit bas­saus­tralia.com.au to regis­ter for this pres­ti­gious fish­ing event.

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

MAGIC MARLIN: Crew­man Paul Mo­ran holds up one of three ju­ve­nile black marlin caught and re­leased at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing. Have you landed a big catch re­cently? Email pho­tos to editor@whit­sun­day times.com.au

PHOTO: ASH MATTHEWS

Lo­cal lad Zac Gould with his first shark mack­erel caught at the reef with Sea Fever Sport­fish­ing.

PHOTO: MICK UN­DER­WOOD

Felix Grey with a nice mac tuna caught while on char­ter with Reel Ad­dic­tion Sport­fish­ing.

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